Khanskoye Lake

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2007 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Greylag Goose Anser anser LC passage 2004 50-1,045 individuals B1i
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea LC breeding 1999 50-100 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2
Great White Egret Ardea alba LC passage 2004 109-967 individuals A4i, B1i
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus NT breeding 1999 56-70 breeding pairs A1, A4i, B1i, B2
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo LC resident 2004 2,168 individuals B1i
Slender-billed Gull Larus genei LC breeding 1999 600-700 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
Pallas's Gull Larus ichthyaetus LC breeding 1999 3,000 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus LC breeding 1999 400 breeding pairs B3
Caspian Gull Larus cachinnans LC breeding 1999 2,500-4,000 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
Little Tern Sternula albifrons LC breeding 1999 84-200 breeding pairs B2
Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia LC breeding 1999 250-900 breeding pairs A4i, B1i, B2
Common Tern Sterna hirundo LC breeding 1999 2,500-3,000 breeding pairs A4i, B1i
Common Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica LC breeding 1999 20-150 breeding pairs B1i, B2
Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis LC breeding 1999 410-600 breeding pairs B1i, B2

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2007).

IBA Conservation

IBA conservation assessment
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2006 favourable high low
Was the whole site assessed? State assessed by Accuracy of information
no population medium

State (condition of the trigger species' populations)
Scientific name Common name Reference population Actual population Units % of population remaining Result
Ardea alba Great White Egret 1529 1529 individuals 100 favourable
Phalacrocorax carbo Great Cormorant 4725 4725 individuals 100 favourable

Pressure (threats to the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Threat level 1 Threat level 2 Timing Scope Severity Result
Biological resource use hunting & collecting terrestrial animals - intentional use (species being assessed is the target) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now whole area/population (>90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of surface water (agricultural use) happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Pollution agricultural & forestry effluents - type unknown/unrecorded happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Response (conservation actions taken for the trigger species and/or their habitats)
Protected-area designation Management planning Other conservation action Result
Little/none of site covered (<10%) A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive Very little or no conservation action taking place low
For more information about IBA conservation status, please click here

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Ozero Khanskoe Nature Monument 10,332 protected area overlaps with site 10,000


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Marine Intertidal -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture -
forestry -
military -
not utilised -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Khanskoye Lake. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.